Middlebury walks for a cure
Posted: 10/08/2012 at 1:15 am
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Despite rainy skies, people came to run or walk and make a difference for Elkhart County women facing breast cancer Sunday at Middlebury Walks for a Cure.
Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak
Kim Schrock dressed up for the Pretty in Pink contest at f the Middlebury Walks for a Cure breast cancer run/walk on Sunday. The walk raises money for mammograms at The Retreat and patient treatment through United Cancer Services of Elkhart County. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
At Middlebury Walks for a Cure, key note speaker, Traci Runge, told participants, "Anyone can make a difference." Runge was the first woman to doante healthy breast tissue and cancerous breast tissue to the Komen Tissue Bank at IU Med Center in Indianapolis, the only breast cancer tissue bank in the world, giving researchers a tool in learning how to fight breast cancer. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
Owen and Tege Holt sported pink hair for the MiddleburyWalks for a Cure breast cancer walk on Sunday. The walk raises money for mammograms at The Retreat and patiet treatment through United Cancer Services of Elkhart County. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
Despite rainy skies, people came to run or walk and make a difference for Elkhart County women facing breast cancer at Middlebury Walks for a Cure on Sunday. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
MIDDLEBURY — “It amazes me because it was so rainy and so gross and these people still came out,” said Nean Smith, founder of the Middlebury Walks for a Cure breast cancer walk.
The 5K walk/run on Sunday raised money to pay for mammograms at The Retreat Women’s Health Center of Indiana University Health Goshen and for patient care provided by United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.
“This is the second year we’ve come,” said Kim Schrock, who walked with her friend, Carrie Weaver. “My cousin asked us to do it last year, and we have both have friends and family that are survivors, and we work at Elkhart Hospital.”
Many came to run or walk in memory or in honor of someone who has battled breast cancer.
“My aunt and my husband’s mother had breast cancer,” said Debbie Johnston. She, her husband, Jeff, and four other family members came for the walk.
The keynote speaker was Traci Runge of Carmel. In 2007, she donated her healthy breast tissue to the Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis in honor of a friend who was battling breast cancer. Three years later, Runge herself was diagnosed. Runge donated her cancerous tissue to the tissue bank before she began treatment, giving the tissue bank its first sample of healthy and cancerous tissue from the same donor.
“They told me that my tissue might be a key to a cure,” said Runge. “I did it for my daughters. I didn’t realize the impact it would make. Anyone can make a difference.”
In 2011, Runge was asked to share her story during the Super Bowl and helped the tissue bank raise $1.6 million.
“I’m from Ligonier,” said Runge. “If I lived here, this is where I would be seeking treatment. ... It’s an honor to give back to the community I was raised in.”